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Old 06-18-2014, 07:50 AM   #1
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login timeout - how to increase?

We got a pam module which in some rare, network related cases generates very slow timeouts. The problem is that in these cases the login timed out, so we can't login with local credentials (there is the standard unix pam after the first pam module).
Is there any way to raise console login timeout to be more than the network timeouts?
I tried to increase that in getty's parameter, but I have to say the manpage is very accurate " -t, --timeout timeout
Terminate if no user name could be read within timeout seconds".
That timeout is really for entering username, and not for auth

Also this question is in my mind when I got a system overloaded, and I can't login on console even wit the standard pam configuration (to kill buggy processes) when the system is so slow, caused by timeout (in these situations I have to wait for oomkiller to kill processes when they run out of mem and swap).

I think it should be a "/bin/login" issue, because on those heavy loaded servers ssh login succeeds when console logins not (and ssh is not using /bin/login as a default now) ... but there was no exact tests...
Old 06-23-2014, 12:33 PM   #2
Andy Alt
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I suggest looking at /etc/login.defs (and it's always good to first make a backup before editing).


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